Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Another Healthy Entree -- Yummy, too

I can't resist posting this recipe from the dining section of the New York Times. I love Brussels sprouts, especially thinly sliced and sauteed. Here is a simple, satisfying prep that makes a delicious one-dish meal -- plus the pot to cook the noodles -- and uses a bit of pancetta and chile or red pepper for zip.

Can't wait to make it -- have everything but the pancetta in house.....
Pasta with zip


RECIPE: Penne with Brussels Sprouts, Pancetta and Chile
Serves 2
INGREDIENTS:
·         Sea salt
·         8 ounces penne
·         2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, more for drizzling
·         3 ounces pancetta, diced
·         1 large rosemary sprig
·         6 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
·         1 jalapeño or Serrano chile, thinly sliced (or substitute 1 large pinch crushed red pepper flakes)
·         Freshly ground black pepper
·         8 ounces Brussels sprouts, thinly sliced
·         2 teaspoons butter
·         Fresh lemon juice, for serving
·         Freshly grated pecorino cheese (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Bring large pot heavily salted water to a boil. Add the penne and cook until pasta is just al dente (do not overcook).
2. Meanwhile, heat large sauté pan over high heat and add the olive oil. When oil is hot, add the pancetta and rosemary, and sauté until the fat on the pancetta starts to turn translucent and very lightly brown, about 1 minute. Add the garlic, chile and freshly ground black pepper to taste, and sauté until garlic and pancetta turn richly brown, about 3 minutes. Add the Brussels sprouts, a large pinch of salt and a splash of water to pan, and sauté until sprouts just start to soften, about 2 minutes. Spread sprouts mixture in pan and press down to flatten. Let it sear for a minute, then stir it up and repeat. This helps brown the sprouts. Add the butter, and sauté for another minute.
3.Drain penne and add it to pan with brussels sprouts mixture. Cook, tossing, until everything is well mixed. Spoon into pasta bowls and top with a drizzle of oil and lemon juice, and a little cheese if you like.

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